Samuel Alito’s Recusal From Cases Related To Trump & The 2020 Election Urgently Sought

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat in the House, is pushing for real-world consequences after media reports revealed that an upside down American flag appeared at the home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in January 2021, shortly after that month’s violent attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The imagery is associated with the “Stop the Steal” movement, meaning supporters of ex-President Donald Trump who rallied around 2020 election conspiracy theories — and a movement that culminated in part with that violent assault on the Capitol in 2021. Alito tried blaming his wife, saying she put up the flag in that manner amid a dispute with a neighbor over signage the latter was displaying. But none of that eliminates the association — especially potent in that very period — of the upside down flag, which even showed up amid the Capitol riot itself.

“Samuel Alito should apologize immediately for disrespecting the American flag and sympathizing with right-wing violent insurrectionists. He must recuse himself from cases involving the 2020 election and former President Donald Trump,” Jeffries insisted.

There’s one critical case involving Trump that’s already at the nation’s highest court right now: the dispute over whether the ex-president holds legal protections associated with his time in office that should shut down a criminal case that he is facing for actions of his after the 2020 presidential election. In theory, if Alito or another judge is sympathetic to Trump targeting that election at all, it could set up a decision for — or at least a push towards — the ex-president.

Some have already suggested that conservatives on the court, including Alito, may have gotten behind hearing further arguments on the appeals at all — delaying Trump’s trial even further — for the political benefit of the ex-president. If trial is delayed until after this year’s election and Trump wins, the proceedings could be thrown into indefinite limbo.